It’s always so exciting to try the latest release from McHenry and this just arrived in time to share with family; served alongside our Thanksgiving meal. The 2016 vintage was one of the smallest harvests on record for McHenry’s mere 2-acre, dry-farmed vineyard planted at 1800ft elevation; way up on Bonny Doon road. This was yet another year where they decided not to bottle a separate Swan Clone and instead released everything in the Estate designation. A hardly believable 56 cases were produced. However, the quality is extremely high. Darker fruited, this was more wild bramble and cranberry with some licorice and spice. So pure and delicious. Very primary right now. McHenry wines are quite long-lived with vintages from the 90’s drinking fabulously right now so I’m expecting the best to come. This fan will be tracking its evolution 😊. — 5 days ago
So different than the Les Charmots. Nose is more ethereal and layered. Cherry and cherry flower but it is so lacey and nuanced. Gorgeous. Incredible florals. Pastille. Sweet raspberry. Just stunning. So delicate. Some BBQ and smoke as well. Palate has a painfully sweet intensity and incredible concentration yet remains light on its feet. Gorgeous purity and wonderful ripe tannins. Wow the freshness in this wine is off the charts. This is more tannic than the Charmots. After some air the nose is crazy. Such detail. This estate reminds me of a more polished accessible Billard-Gonnet. — 9 hours ago
Closing the night with Penner-Ash. Had this upon its release at the winery. It shows nice evolution...rounder, elegant with softer spice.
The body is ruby, ripe & full. The wine is brooding on the nose & palate. It’s a well extracted, sweeter version of burgundy. Ripe, ruby; dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, poached strawberries & hints of floral blueberries & raspberries. The spice is dark with a little heat, soft; clove, nutmeg & vanilla, mixed dark berry cola, black licorice, river stones, limestone, some crushed rocks, moist clay, dark, moist, turned earth, some fresh herbs & eucalyptus, pine tree sap, dark, melted chocolate with fresh & slightly candied; dark, red, blue flowers set in violets. The acidity is round and like a cool shower on a warm day. The long finish is ruby, ripe, well balanced, polished that falls into dark spices on the persistent long set.
Thanksgiving dinner part II. — 7 days ago
Wednesday night and I have opened the 2016 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Oregon.
On the nose there is beautiful fruit, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, clove, matchbook, smoke, wet leaves and earth.
On the palate there is bing cherry, cranberry, raspberry, clove, spice, hibiscus and earth.
This wine is medium bodied and a smooth mouthfeel with medium + acidity and medium fine tannins that moves into a medium to long spicy dark fruit finish. Only two more days left to the work week and then the weekend. Stay safe and have a great rest of the week. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 2 days ago
Drank with mike and Jen at Maggianos Great wine — 7 days ago
Soaring nose. Gorgeous. Wow. Super high toned macerated cherries, glorious spice and minerality, amazing cotton candy, just an outrageous nose. Stoney and spicey and so so mineral. Just exuberant and insane pungent. Some smoke, game and leather as well. So transparent. Cherry flower, ripe midseason cherries. A 9.5 nose. Palate is incredible and sweet. Such thunderous and elegant fruit. Such flavor intensity. Wow. Just explodes on the palate with tiny berry fruit intensity. So so well made. This is incredible. Intensely sweet and concentrated but remains so so fine and so so elegant. This is so good. It has that sense of nobility that only the top Burg 1er Crus give. Such wonderful ripe tannins and exquisite energy and freshness. Top class. — 9 hours ago
Nose starts out a bit closed but you can see the perfume. Then roses, ripe cherry fruit, so aromatic. Some hints of citrus skin. Wow. Such a pure and elegant nose. Classic Volnay. As it opens a dizzying perfume is there. Earth, mineral, loam. So so good. Palate is ripe, juicy and substantial. Good fruit and texture, with awesome juiciness and very very fine tannins. Long sweetly fruited finish. Terrific complexity, energy and depth. This is super impressive. It drinks well after 10 minutes as well. Awesome. Superb velvety, ripe and sweet tannins. Terrific inner mouth florals and fruit. Almost a 9.5. — a day ago
A tasty and interesting Pinot Noir from Napa Valley. Never had one from Napa, actually.
Showing cherries, strawberries, wood, raspberries, chocolates, vanilla, spices, cola and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Soft and elegant with nice complexity.
Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Balanced with nice acidity.
Would age nicely in the next 5 years.
Good for parties. Good by itself or with food. A nice porch wine. I had it slightly chilled which was great.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$32. — 2 days ago